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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 29, 2010 3:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

So is one free bonus disc to be received in 6 months and free shipping enough of a subscription rate for you?

http://store.dead.net/new/road-trips-2011-subscription?eml=dn/112910/rtsubs

Only positive i see out of this is that they are basically telling us that at $25 a pop, all of the 2011 Road Trips will be 3 Disc sets.

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Poster: Arck Date: Nov 29, 2010 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

Whenever a new release is announced, out of interest I go through the steps of buying it up until the postage selection. I did that for this pre-order thing and was presented with two postage options:

1. Standard - $180.11
2. Rush - $108.51

So postage costs more than the CDs? Nice.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 29, 2010 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

That doesn't make much sense. I tried it myself and got this

Standard: Free
Rush: $20.05
Overnight: $39.24

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Poster: Arck Date: Nov 29, 2010 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

It's one of the joys of being a non-US resident who occasionally shops at dead.net. Without fail the postage costs are at least excessive and at most extortionate.

Usually there are so many complaints that the costs are lowered (somewhat). I had a look at the vinyl boxset a while ago and the postage for that was around $60 or 70.

Obviously the postage issue is one of several with this "subscription" thing. Who's going to commit to buying something unidentified? If they announce the releases (which I can't see happening) then it makes a little more sense. However if they don't reduce the postage costs by a lot, they're going to have to include original master tapes or one of Garcia's guitars as a bonus to tempt me to order.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 29, 2010 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

So if the postage is not actually free if you are outside the US then the only thing you get is a single bonus disc for blindly giving them 100 bucks in advance? Ouch.


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Poster: Arck Date: Nov 29, 2010 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

Well that's one of the other joys: all those "free postage" deals don't apply for anyone outside the US.

Essentially this subscription would cost me 50 dollars per Road Trip. I'm not sure if they think no one outside the US is capable of simple mathematics or what...

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 29, 2010 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

well it is a safe assumption as most people in the US are not capable of simple mathematics. Why would it be different in them foreign places?

I just don't get making it so difficult for people in other parts of the world to buy this stuff. It is basically begging for international deadheads to go to blogs and download free copies. Wouldn't it make more sense to sell these releases in a form where it doesn't matter where you live? I heard somewhere that the internet can be used in such a manner for the transfer of digital files. Seems like pretty simple addition. You know like 1+1=3.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 29, 2010 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Volume Redux

They are trying, but I have to agree with you it comes across a rather paltry incentive .